Upcoming 'Pokémon: Let's Go' Game for Nintendo Switch Will Offer Integration With Pokémon Go on iOS

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The Pokémon Company today announced the upcoming launch of Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!, two games designed for the Nintendo Switch.

The two new Pokémon: Let's Go games are designed to connect to Pokémon Go on the iPhone and other mobile devices and offer many of the gameplay functions that are available in Pokémon Go.


Players will be able to catch Pokémon using Pokémon Go on iOS or Android and then transfer those Pokémon over to the switch. Any of the original 151 Pokémon from the Kanto region can be transferred over to the Switch using Bluetooth.

As demonstrated in the video accompanying the announcement, a player captures a Dratini on a smartphone and then pulls out a Switch to transfer the Dratini to something called the "GO PARK" where the player is able to interact with the Pokémon.

The video also shows a Nintendo Switch user sending a present to a Pokémon Go player on an Android device, suggesting gifts will also be able to be exchanged cross device.

Pokémon Let's Go gameplay was inspired by Pokémon Yellow, where Pikachu followed the player throughout the game, and The Pokémon Company says the two games are designed for players "taking their first steps into the Pokémon video game world."

"With the launch of Pokémon GO in 2016 and the global sensation that ensued, millions of new players were introduced to the world of Pokémon," said Junichi Masuda, director at GAME FREAK inc. "For many people, Pokémon GO was their first experience with the Pokémon brand, so we have crafted these two new titles to be an accessible entry point to our core RPG series while giving our longtime fans a new way to play Pokémon."

Gameplay in Pokémon Let's Go, as with other Pokémon games, consists of capturing, leveling, and fighting Pokémon. Local multiplayer gameplay is supported, with two Pokémon catchers able to team up to catch Pokémon.

The Pokémon Company says that in addition to integration with Pokémon Go on Switch, "something special" will be coming to the world of Pokémon Go in the future "making the connection between both games even more appealing for trainers."

Pokémon Let's Go for the Switch will be accompanied by a new Poké Ball Plus accessory that can be used in lieu of a standard Nintendo Switch controller for capturing and interacting with Pokémon. The Poké Ball Plus is also compatible with Pokémon Go and can be used to catch Pokémon instead of the existing Pokémon Go Plus accessory.

The Poké Ball Plus offers motion controls and it lights up, vibrates, and plays sounds. Players who capture a Pokémon using the Poké Ball Plus will be able to feel it move around inside the ball.

Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! will be released on November 16, 2018. The Poké Ball Plus will be available for purchase at retailers on the same day.

Nintendo today also launched a new free-to-play game on the Nintendo Switch called Pokémon Quest, which is coming to mobile devices in late June.


Pokémon Quest, an RPG developed by Game Freak, is set in Tumblecube Island, where everything is a cube, including Pokémon. The idea is to travel through the island hunting for treasure, capturing Pokémon, discovering new areas, decorating a base camp, and more.

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30 months ago

This would have been great when people still played the game.

Translation: I quit it so everyone else in the world must have.
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30 months ago

This would have been great when people still played the game.

A lot of people still play the game. It's just not in the crazy millions that we've seen for the three months after it was launched.
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30 months ago
This game is still popular. I play with my son (5 years old) nearly every week. He loves it. On the park near me are lots of people walking around playing it. When there are community days expect to see groups of 20-30 people playing it (children and adults). When I went to buy my Apple Watch there was 3 parents and about 12 children playing it. One of them noticed I was playing with my son and shouted "I got shiney Charizard!".

So, I think it's really popular near me.

I haven't spent a penny. Coins, balls, can all be obtained free by walking.

The switch game looks awesome!
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30 months ago
This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to buy a Switch. Even at 30 years old, this makes me smile. Game looks awesome and the integration with GO on mobile is sick.
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30 months ago
All I can think of right now is the tens of millions of Switches that were just sold as a result of that trailer.

Pokemon is what sells Nintendo’s dedicated handheld systems. I expect it’ll do the same thing on the Switch.

Although with these names, I wonder how lopsided this is going to be in favor of the Pikachu version. I expect any of the original starters would have had more balanced sells against Pikachu, but Eevee? It’s a popular Pokémon, don’t get me wrong, but Pikachu is the mascot of the entire series and probably rivals Mickey Mouse in how many people know it.
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30 months ago

Translation: I quit it so everyone else in the world must have.

Could also be "I'm miserable and hate people having fun".
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